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Benbrook Reservoir - 2005 Survey Report

Prepared by Thomas Hungerford and Raphael Brock
Inland Fisheries Division
District 2-D, Fort Worth, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 26-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Fish populations in Benbrook Reservoir were surveyed in 2003 with electrofishing, 2005 using trap nets, and in 2006 using gill nets. Low water levels precluded a standard fall electrofishing sample from being conducted in 2005. This report summarizes the results of the surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Benbrook Reservoir is a 3,635-acre impoundment located on the Clear Fork of the Trinity River approximately 10 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Water level was at a historic low elevation of 14 feet below conservation pool during the winter of 2005. Rains in early 2006 brought water levels back within 2 feet of conservation pool (694 ft). Benbrook Reservoir has consistently been eutrophic. Habitat consisted of standing timber and rocks.

Management History

Important sport fish included white bass, palmetto bass, largemouth bass, white crappie, and catfish. The management plan from the 2001 survey report included stocking palmetto bass at 10 fish/acre annually. Largemouth bass have historically been managed with state-wide minimum length limit of 14 inches. Florida largemouth bass were introduced in the mid-to-late 1970s and stocked again in 2002. Florida largemouth bass were requested for stocking in spring of 2006 as significant water level increases occurred. Blue catfish were stocked in 1990 and 1991 to capitalize on the abundant prey base. Recent efforts to improve the fish habitat and angler success have included construction of brush-piles in various locations.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-31 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program